Apple has announced it will add new emoji characters across Apple devices later this year. While many iPhone users may not be aware of World Emoji Day, Apple marked the occasion on July 17 by highlighting some new emoji coming to iOS, macOS and watchOS in the fall. The company is also showcasing fun emoji apps on the App Store and replacing some movie titles on iTunes with emoji.
When iOS 11 launches later this year, iPhone owners can enjoy more options when it comes to near-field communication (NFC). NFC is already used on the iPhone for contactless payment with Apple Pay. Apple has opened up the system to developers with the release of Core NFC, which will allow apps to detect and read NFC tags.
Capcom has released several Street Fighter titles to the App Store with different degrees of success, however most haven't aged well. Popular titles like Street Fighter IV Volt quickly became obsolete as Apple devices advanced in technology and size, while Street Fighter X Tekken never really got off the ground. Older titles, such as the Street Fighter II Collection, are still out there, but until this week there has been no definitive Street Fighter title available for newer iOS devices.
Apple has extended free repair coverage for separated back covers on the 1st generation Apple Watch. According to MacRumors, the service policy applies to devices brought to Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider up to three years after the original purchase date. Separated back covers will be repaired free regardless of the device's AppleCare coverage or warranty status.
The first ever Pokémon GO Fest has been announced in Chicago on Saturday, July 22, but all trainers are encouraged to take part by working alongside those who can attend in person.
Pokémon GO Fest is a worldwide celebration of the game's one-year anniversary. Last week Niantic updated the game with a special Pikachu and Anniversary Box to kick off the long celebration. Over the next few months, Niantic will be hosting several live events around the world beginning in Grant Park, Chicago, IL.